Personal Statements


What to include

1. The name of the course you are applying for and why?

what course

  • Which course  – For example: I want to study Real Estate at degree level in order to ….
  • Why – My first experience of the property industry was ….. This drove my ambition to acquire more knowledge of property as an industry.
  • Purpose – Include your future plans – for example: The opportunity to study on an RICS accredited course will provide me with the opportunity to convert my passion into my chosen career as a chartered surveyor

2. Why you would be suitable for the course?

why you

  • Refer to your academic skills and link to how they will transfer to help you do well on your chosen course. For example: My academic studies at A and AS level have honed my study skills. History has taught me to analysis facts, whilst Business Studies have helped me to build upon my numeracy and  report writing skills etc.
  • Skills learnt from employment or work experience. For example: My work experience has …
  • Skills acquired from hobbies, interests and social activities. For example: Outside of academic studies and work, I have played rugby at school, club and county level. This has taught me the importance of team work and my time as captain has aided my leadership skills.
  • This is also the point you should also refer to any other skill development courses or work that you have undertaken such as Duke of Edinburgh, World Challenge, any volunteering, taster courses etc,

3. Important notes:


  • Make sure you check course listings to see what level of understanding you need to have and what qualifications or skills they’re looking for. You will then be able to link your experiences to the skills and qualities required.
  • General employability skills include: teamwork, communication skills, customer awareness, motivation and enthusiasm, numeracy, flexibility, commitment, drive and commercial awareness. This may provide you with a reference point to link your own skills and experience
  • Don’t forget to use a spell checker and make sure you have your dictionary set to English (UK) and not English (US).
  • Use your own words.

You can download a copy of the UCAS personal statement worksheet by clicking here.


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